Australian Government Calls BS On Bogus Copyright Industry 'Losses'
from the about-freakin'-time dept
That's why it's great to see this following bit of news, submitted by Greg Nelson. Apparently, the Australian government has done its own research into some of these numbers and the draft version of the report has found them to be a bunch of "self-serving hyperbole" that fail to explain clearly how these numbers are anything real. In fact, the report calls the numbers "absurd." Specifically, they claim the numbers are "unverified and epistemologically unreliable." They then worry about "the potentially unqualified use of these statistics in courts of law," which is already pretty common. They also found that, despite repeated claims about a connection, there is no known connection between unauthorized file sharing and organized crime. It's a bit surprising to see such bold statements out of a government document -- and already the agency putting this together says it's just a draft by a consultant, and suggests that the language will be toned down. In fact, they say that the language in the report is "hyperbolic" which is exactly how the report describes the copyright industry's claims. Meanwhile, the industry representatives themselves brush off these accusations as if it's a to-may-to/to-mah-to difference: "They're entitled to say they're not convinced, but not necessarily entitled to say it's unverified." Of course, he doesn't say who verified the numbers or how they were really verified.